The Mercedes-AMG E43 has been unveiled ahead of its official debut at the 2016 New York Auto Show.
After the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class bowed at the Detroit Auto Show this January, the German automaker will unleash its entry-level variant from AMG sporting 396 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque.
With a 3.0-liter biturbo V6 engine under the hood, the Mercedes-AMG E43 will be the most powerful variant of the luxury sedan when it arrives in dealerships early next year, for the time being. Naturally, you can expect that Mercedes-AMG is working on even more hardcore version sporting the E63 nameplate.
Compared to its predecessor, the new Mercedes-AMG E43 has 34 more ponies and has a zero-to-60 time of 4.5 seconds, while its top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.
The E43 variant will feature AMG’s 4MATIC four-wheel drive with rear-biased torque distribution resulting in a front-to-rear ratio of 31:69 percent. The powerplant is mated to a 9G-Tronic automatic transmission and other signature AMG components include Airmatic Adaptive Sport Suspension and a more direct steering ratio.
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On the outside, several touches have been applied to give the AMG model a more distinct appearance, including three large openings in the front bumper to ensure optimum airflow to the car’s coolers. The diamond grille is accented by chrome pins and 19-inch AMG wheels finished in high-gloss black are bolted onto each corner. In the rear are two chrome-plated quad-flow exhaust tips, while the rear diffuser comes standard in silver chrome.
The interior is as sporty as it is luxurious with MB-Tex/Dinamica accented by red top stitching. Customers can also order optional nappa leather for a more refined cabin. The door center panels and dash are also finished in MB-Tex with red stitching while exclusive pedals, a black roof lining and red seat belts offer sporty highlights.
“The new AMG E43 offers impressive driving dynamics coupled with cutting-edge efficiency. Twin turbocharging, features adopted from motorsport and characteristic AMG design immediately indicate to our customers that the new E-Class from AMG offers pure Driving Performance coupled with cutting-edge technology and intense emotion,” notes Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
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